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Rebecca Nicholson

Wild Beasts: Present Tense - review

Much has been made of Wanderlust, the song that opens Wild Beasts' fourth album, and its vicious disdain for the musical peers who have become Americanised: "In your mother tongue, what's the verb 'to suck'?" spits Hayden Thorpe, coming as close to a snar

Taylor Swift's Red tour - review

Considering it was a two-hour show, the set list was lean, but then, there was a lot of talking to fit in.

Austra: Olympia - review

(Domino) Sad dance music is an art, and few do it well, but Austra 's debut album, Feel It Break , with its operatic flair for doomy synths and high drama, suggested they knew their way around a minor chord. The Toronto band take a step forward with Ol

Crystal Fighters: Cave Rave - review

(Zirkulo/Pias/Atlantic) For those of us who thought "crystal"-named bands had all died out a couple of years ago, perhaps having impaled themselves on the sharp edge of a pentagram or tripped over their robes into a symbolic abyss, here are Crystal Fight

Savages: 'It's about trying not to treat the audience like idiots'

Influenced by arthouse cinema and visceral post-punk, Savages are a band who take their music very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it's hard to tell if they even enjoy being in a band together

Charli XCX: True Romance - review

(Asylum) London's Charlotte Aitchison is just 20, but she's already got four years of banging away at pop's door under her belt. By not rushing out an album until now, however, she seems to have found the time to iron out the creases that made her seem

Paramore: Paramore - review

(Atlantic) Fourth album from the stadium-packing Tennessee band, who went from five members to three in an acrimonious split a couple of years ago, and nearly called it a day. Instead, the remaining members kept at it, recruiting a new producer to hone t

The Strokes: Comedown Machine - review

(Rough Trade) Apparently all five members of the Strokes were in the studio together for the recording of Comedown Machine, unlike its acrimonious predecessor Angles, which came together largely by email. Not that you would know it: their fifth album is

Deptford Goth: Life After Defo - review

(Merok) Sensitive, synth-nurturing young men of a delicate timbre were all over music a couple of years ago, and this saturation makes Daniel Woolhouse, aka Deptford Goth , a difficult sell: the music is dreamy, he's pensive, and he sings as if he's mor

Night Works: Urban Heat Island - review

(Loose Lips) Gabriel Stebbing cut his teeth in Metronomy and Your Twenties, so this, his solo debut, brings with it an expectation of arch electropop, and perhaps a decent light show. At first, Night Works appears to be more fragile than his previous wor